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Franklin County News

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Yesterday |

County OKs at-home gunsmithing

County commissioners hesitated before pulling the trigger, but ultimately fired a shot to allow at-home gunsmithing in Franklin County.


Yesterday |

Key primary election dates near

With several close Kansas election races expected in the Aug. 5 primary election, the Franklin County Clerk's Office announced advanced voting opened Monday morning.


Sat Jul 19, 2014

State education candidate planning fairgrounds visit

A candidate running for the Kansas Board of Education District 9 position, which includes Franklin County, is expected to be among the primary hopefuls looking for voter support this weekend at the local fair.


Related Topix: Kansas, Riverton, KS, Ottawa, KS, Baxter Springs, KS, Pittsburg State University

Rural shooting lands Rantoul suspect in jail

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office responded 10:39 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a shooting in the 1100 block of Vermont Terrace, rural Franklin County, near Rantoul, Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said.


Related Topix: Rantoul, KS, Ottawa, KS, Miami County, KS

Fri Jul 18, 2014

Fire cause still a mystery

The cause of a fire that engulfed a single-story home July 12 at 437 Kingman Road remains under investigation, Lt.


Related Topix: Pomona, KS

Guard plans open house today

Fair-goers in Franklin County, as well as other community members, have an opportunity this weekend to visit the local National Guard Armory.


Wed Jul 16, 2014

Event nearly as storied as Ottawa itself

Recovery from the Civil War still was in its infancy, root beer had just been invented by Charles Hires and average farm labor rates were $15 a month without board.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS, Agriculture, Science, Weather, Natural Disasters, Drought, Osage County, KS

Suspect nabbed in 2012 cold case

A suspect who led law enforcement officers on a 2012 high-speed chase through Ottawa and surrounding countryside was arrested Friday evening by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office after being at large for more than two years, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said Tuesday.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS, Kansas City, KS, Park, KS

Tue Jul 15, 2014

Daily Report for July 14, 2014

12:09 p.m. Friday, Franklin County Adult Detention Center, 305 S. Main St., Cole Farrar, 25, Pomona, on a Franklin County warrant for failure to appear.


Related Topix: Pomona, KS, Princeton, KS, Drugs, Baldwin City, KS

Mon Jul 14, 2014

County forming search groups to tackle filling vacant positions

With a few weeks under Don Moler's belt as interim county administrator and counselor, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners began working on the next step in finding a permanent successor to Lisa Johnson after the positions were left vacant at the beginning of July.


Related Topix: Ottawa University

Tyson tops - Freedom Index'

When Caryn Tyson told Franklin County residents, "I'm for freedom," at an April legislative coffee event in Ottawa, she meant it, a state conservative group said.


Related Topix: Kansas, Ottawa, KS, McPherson, KS

Sat Jul 12, 2014

Kansas Farm Bureau releases endorsements

Kansas farmers and ranchers who understand how elections help determine the success of agriculture and rural communities have offered endorsements of like-minded candidates for national and state office, the Kansas Farm Bureau said Friday in a news release.


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Representative Lynn Jenkins, Republican, US House of Representatives, Sam Brownback, US Senate, Pat Roberts, Kansas, Agriculture, Science

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Anderson County joins Frontier Extension District

The Frontier Extension District has grown this summer with the merger of Anderson County and Osage and Franklin counties.


Related Topix: Anderson County, KS, Osage County, KS, Lyndon, KS, Garnett, KS

Which comes first: Happy people or happiness itself?

Musician Pharrell Williams is happy to tell - more like sing - what happiness means to him.


Related Topix: Dance, Pop/Rock, Hip-Hop, Ottawa, KS, Opinion

Thu Jul 10, 2014

The Wichita Eagle

1st West Nile virus detected in Franklin County

Only one person in the state became ill from West Nile virus last year and the Health Department believes that person was exposed while traveling outside Washington.


Related Topix: West Nile Virus, Health, Wichita, KS

Today in History: July 1914

The executive committee of the Franklin County Retailers Association will meet tonight at the office of Secretary F.R. Ramsdell to discuss the hospital proposition.


Related Topix: Opinion

Richmond crowd getting first look

It's been several months since the singer-songwriter donned a blue-green Members Only jacket and sang his heart out for Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. on Fox's "American Idol."


Related Topix: Richmond, KS, Game Show, American Idol, Reality TV, Entertainment, Television, Ottawa, KS

Wed Jul 09, 2014

Ask Jodie: Not registered yet? You have until Tuesday to get on county's voter roll

QUESTION : I live in Franklin County and want to vote in the Aug. 5 primary elections, but I haven't registered yet.


Night Out' set for July 29

Ottawa residents are invited again to take part in the city's observance of National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event that encourages neighbors to get to know each other better.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS

Tue Jul 08, 2014

Business reps voice concerns on Price Chopper development plan

A new Tax Increment Financing district created last week by the Ottawa City Commission doesn't mean affected property owners will be tax free, city officials stressed.